On three straight shots to the end zone Saturday at Western Oregon, SFU quarterback Justin Seiber, along with receivers Aidan Pearce, Caelin Johnson and Riley Morrison came dangerously close to capping what would have been an 85-yard scoring drive against the host Wolves. Can a young team fighting but falling just shy of grabbing that kind of momentum come back next season and produce different results? That's the question now as Simon Fraser football prepares to play its final game of 2021 on Nov. 13. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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A SUNDAY READ: In Simon Fraser’s Saturday loss at Western Oregon, we examine the ripple effect of three snaps, no reward and a young team’s search for momentum

It’s impossible to encapsulate all the moments which, when taken as a whole, add up to that most fleeting of sports intangibles: Momentum.The Simon Fraser football team has been attempting to find as much of it as it can with the hope that it will help lead them in the direction of their most elusive […]

Simon Fraser's Robert Meadors hauled in a 13-yard catch to account for his team's only touchdown Saturday in a 51-10 loss in Texas to the Lone Star Conference's Angelo State Rams. (Photo by Garrett James property of Simon Fraser athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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As Simon Fraser feels heat from Texas toughie Angelo State, coach Rigell says Lone Star Conference “…is the SEC of Div. 2 football”

If going on the road to play the traditional powers of the Texas-based Lone Star Conference represents the most challenging Div. 2 portion of Simon Fraser’s annual football schedule, then the locals faced one of the toughest teams on their 2021 schedule Saturday.Playing at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Tex., SFU (1-5, 0-2) was […]

Special teams and defence carried the day for Simon Fraser as Burnaby Mountain's resident football team travelled to Montana and snapped a seven-game losing streak in impressive fashion. (Photo by Garrett James property of Simon Fraser athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Simon Fraser’s 30-3 win at Montana State Northern ticks all the old-school football boxes from pick-sixes, to blocked punts to goal-line stands!

From the moment Jerrell Cummings and Dayton Ingenhaag combined on a touchdown-saving tackle to stuff a fourth-and-one on the Simon Fraser goal-line on the first drive of the game, you got the feeling Saturday might indeed be a special day for the dedicated but long-suffering fans of the football team from Burnaby Mountain.Turns out it […]

Simon Fraser linebacker Griffin Barrett has his own definition of what legacy means to a university football team. (Photo by Paul Yates property of SFU athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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A SUNDAY READ: In trying times for Simon Fraser football, an old school linebacker named Griffin Barrett defines legacy through his own actions on Seniors Night!!

BURNABY — He’s survived and thrived through three different coaching regimes with the Simon Fraser Football Team, but on Saturday night, at his home away from home atop Burnaby Mountain, you could say that for the first time, something actually caught up to Griffin Barrett: The pre-game Seniors Night festivities which marked the final home […]

Simon Fraser football team head coach Mike Rigell. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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4 Questions for Mike Rigell: As SFU football prepares for 2021’s final home game Saturday, the coach chats on WR’s Morrison, Meadors, the defence and Seniors Day!

BURNABY MOUNTAIN — Week 4 and Seniors Day are two things that don’t go together in the lexicon of football, yet with summer barely over and the seats at the new SFU Stadium at Terry Fox still squeaky clean, that is the scene which has been set this Saturday night at Terry Fox Field.A curious […]

Toe-tapping at the back of the end zone, Simon Fraser pure freshman receiver Caelin Johnson scores one of his three touchdowns Saturday in a loss at Linfield (Ore.). (Photo by Naji Sakir property of LInfield Sports Communications 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Ballard’s boffo Beaver receiver! He’s not Calvin, but Simon Fraser’s pure freshman Caelin Johnson takes mega-impact potential into Saturday’s SFU Stadium christening!

BURNABY MOUNTAIN — Caelin Johnson may be the baby of the bunch within a burgeoning quintet of Simon Fraser receivers trying to catch a rising star these days atop Burnaby Mountain.Yet based on one of the most memorable pure freshman break-out performances in program history this past Saturday, albeit as part of the team’s 56-20 […]

Admitting later to massive case of nerves, SFU's Kristie Elliott came up short on this 39-yard field goal try in the first half of Saturday's game at Oregon's Linfield Wildcats. (Photo by Naji Sakir property of Linfield athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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“I’m getting chills…” says Simon Fraser’s Kristie Elliott, after 21-year-old kicker becomes Canada’s first female to score in a university football game!

There is a homespun appeal to Kristie Elliott’s personality that is so endearing, that even on her biggest days, it comes out of her soul and speaks as if a wide-eyed kid at the candy store.Saturday was one of those days for the Simon Fraser football team’s place-kicker.So, how does it feel, she’s asked, to […]

Simon Fraser's fourth-year sophomore slinger Justin Seiber heated up late as a ray lof light at Linfield on Saturday for the winless SFU football team. (Photo property of Linfield athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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As Simon Fraser suffers bleak loss at Linfield, super-soph QB Justin Seiber comes out of mothballs to show he’s still got the shine

Hey Justin Seiber, welcome back.Simon Fraser football fans hearty enough to follow their heroes into the second half of Saturday’s disappointing 56-20 road loss in Oregon to the Div. 3 Linfield Wildcats were no doubt looking for something to hang their hats on.And so amidst the expected fault lines of youth which have clearly been […]

Simon Fraser defensive end Tank Brewster's early sack of Idaho quarterback EJ Jordan produced a fumble that was recovered by SFU linebacker Griffin Barrett. (Photo property of Idaho Vandals' athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Simon Fraser football season opener: Head coach Mike Rigell candid after young team suffers resounding loss to Div. 1 Idaho Vandals!

Coming off a cancelled season and not having played a game for 658 days, the Simon Fraser football coaching staff knew that Saturday’s maiden test of its 2021 season was going to be like the first day of class in the school of hard knocks.Matched against the toughest foe it will face all season, Div. […]

Simon Fraser guard Christian 'Boots' Butenschoen (66) and the rest of the young Simon Fraser offensive line gets a stern test Saturday when it opens the season on the road against the NCAA Div. 1 FCS Idaho Vandals. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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After a lost 2020 season, Saturday’s kick-off at Idaho can’t come soon enough for ‘Boots’ Butenschoen and Simon Fraser’s young offensive line!

BURNABY — Christian Butenschoen is not buying all of this talk of youth being served along the trenches of perhaps the youngest offensive line in all of NCAA D2 football.“Even though we’re young, the chemistry there is looking good right now,” the team’s 6-foot-3, 290 pound sophomore left guard out of Bellingham High explained earlier […]